The book is formatted most simply: annoyance descriptions and their solutions are organized by 
chapter. All of this is interlaced with hints, references to underlying technical information, and at 
times, recommended shareware. (I downloaded many of the latter because  hmmm.) A taste of 
the book's organization is tabulated below. 
Mac OS X Annoyances   Chapter 1 
Finder and system  23 vexations and 
botherations 
Email Annoyances   Chapter 2 
General Annoyances, Apple Mail, Entourage, 
Eudora, and AOL 
Internet Annoyances   Chapter 3 
Web Browsing, Google, Sherlock, iChat and 
AIM Messaging 
MS Office Annoyances   Chapter 4 
Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Virtual PC. 
[Entourage is covered under email.] 
iLife Annoyances   Chapter 5   Chapter 6 
iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and Garage 
Band 
iPod Annoyances 
 Stuff about 17 irritations  
Hardware Annoyances   Chapter 7 
General Hardware, Keyboards & Mice, 
Displays, PowerBooks, and iBooks 
The book is more than annoyance and fixes 
More Info When Needed   The contents of this book go far beyond the collected annoyances 
and their clearly defined and illustrated fixes. John provides us not only with links to shareware 
that provides a better fix than that possible within the annoying software, but with sources of 
information to deal with annoyances that fall outside the scope of this 157 page book. There are 
many available links, the author notes, where the reader can gain detailed information about a 
given fix or its underlying problem. I've copied some below. 
To seek out more information about a given annoyance, the reader is directed to both Apple's 
Knowledge Base, via Sherlock, and to the Apple discussion boards 
http://discussions.info.apple.com
. Information is also available on the O'Reilley's Mac 
DevCenter 
http://www.macdevcenter.com/
 website. Among my favorite sources for 
troubleshooting answers are MacInTouch 
http://www.macintouch.com/
 and MacFixit 
http://www.macfixit.com
/. Although I've not yet used the O'Reilly site for solving problems, the 
others have helped me get out of binds with both my software and hardware. I do however, 
prefer my troubleshooting books prior to dealing with an exponential number of hits obtained 
from the sites referenced above. 
Of Mice and Buttons   The good news is that John provides shortcuts designed for 2  and 3 
button scroll wheel mice. The bad news is that Apple hasn't gotten the word that even newbie 
users can use a 3 button scroll mouse. Anyone who has used a game controller knows such 
devices are more complex than multiple button mice. It's easier, Steve Jobs, sir, to give users a 
three button mouse than to ask them to switch to an Intel chip based MacTel platform. 
  MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion 
Page 43 
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8 




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